The key component of depression recovery.
Recovering from depression is not easy. It includes a considerable amount of time and dedication on the part of the patient to recover.
But most of the time professionals focus mainly on medication and psychological intervention to help a depressed patient.
Everyone almost always overlooks the importance of food intake.
A study suggests that a healthy diet is essential to depression recovery.
One of the study’s author, Dr. Vicent Balanzá found that a Mediterranean diet can help nurture the body and brain due to its vitamins and minerals content.
Dr. Balanzá said that:
“At the population level, we had scientific evidence that Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cognitive impairment.
Now we also know that it reduces the risk of depression.
These are strong arguments to preserve a cultural-and wholesome-treasure that has been transmitted over time.”
But how this type of diet alleviates depression?
Dr. Balanzá has the explanation:
“… intake of key nutrients, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3, essential amino acids, B-group vitamins (B12 and folate), vitamin D and minerals like zinc, magnesium and iron.
A balanced and high-quality diet, such as the Mediterranean, provides all of these, but in cases of deficiencies, nutritional supplements are advisable.”
One important implication of the study is that a diet impacts the entire human body. If food intake is not healthy, more so the body and mind.
Thus, depression recovery should not depend solely on medication and psychological interventions.
Healthy food intake should be part of the treatment process.
This message is not only for those who already suffer from depression but also for people who have not yet experienced depression or other mental and physical health problems.
So every meal, include some fruits and vegetables on your plate. Make it a habit. And you’ll be okay.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.